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Law Clerk Applicants

Clerkships at the Colorado Court of Appeals are either a one year appointment beginning in September of each year or are longer-term appointments, at the discretion of the hiring judge. Service with the same appellate judge for more than one year will provide additional paid benefits and the opportunity for future annual salary increases.

Each judge hires his or her own law clerks. Please see the information provided below for the details on applying for a clerkship in each Judge's chambers.

Applicants must have completed at least four semesters of law school prior to submitting application materials.

Please address inquiries and applications to the individual Judges at:
Colorado Court of Appeals, 2 East 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

Chief Judge Steven Bernard:  720-625-5240

Chief Judge Bernard prefers applications to be submitted by Labor Day.  Interviews will be conducted in late September through October, with the goal of making a hiring decision by Thanksgiving.  The application should include (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) a writing sample (law review articles are not accepted as writing samples) of up to ten double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a practicing attorney or judge who has supervised the applicant in a work environment. Chief Judge Bernard has hired for the 2019-2020 year.

Judge Daniel M. Taubman:  720-625-5200

Judge Taubman is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge John Daniel Dailey:  720-625-5340

Judge Dailey will start interviewing in January and February of 2021 for a law clerk that will serve a 2-year term from August 2021-August 2023.  The application should include:  1) a cover letter; 2) a resume; 3) law school transcript; 4) a writing sample; and 5) three letters of recommendation.  In addition to students about to graduate from law school, Judge Dailey will also consider applicants with at least 2 years’ experience in a large law firm setting. 

Judge John R. Webb:  720-625-5345

Judge Webb is no longer accepting applications.  

Judge Robert D. Hawthorne:  720-625-5350

Judge Hawthorne is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Gilbert M. Román:  720-625-5325

Judge Román is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge David M. Furman:  720-625-5310

Judge Furman will accept applications until the position is filled, with the goal of hiring during the summer or fall for the following year. He gives primary consideration to class rank and writing experience.  Applications should contain: (1) a resume; (2) undergraduate and law school transcripts; (3) three letters of recommendation, at least one not from a law professor; and (4) writing sample of unpublished material, preferably unedited by anyone else.  Judge Furman has hired his law clerkshired clerks for both ‘18-‘19 and ‘19-‘20 terms.

Judge Diana L. Terry:  720-625-5320

Judge Terry hires her law clerks for staggered two-year terms. Applicants should submit a resume, law school transcript, a writing sample of no more than 8 pages that is certified to be entirely the applicant’s own work, and no more than 3 letters of recommendation.  The Judge reserves the right to ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by the Judge.  Judge Terry has hired for the 2019-2021 clerkship years.

Judge Jerry N. Jones:  720-625-5335

Judge Jones hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms. He prefers to receive applications by June, and holds interviews in the Summer. Please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (preferably one not edited by someone else), and letters of reference. Judge Jones has hired his clerk for the 2020-2022 term.

Judge David J. Richman:  720-625-5315

Judge Richman is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Terry Fox: 720-625-5245

Judge Fox has two law clerks, who serve staggered two-year terms.  She has hired through the 2019-2021 term.  The application deadline for the 2020-2022 term is August 1, 2019.  Applicants must be willing to commit to a two-year clerkship and should be available to start in August or September 2020.  Applications should be submitted in hard copy form and should include a cover letter, resume, writing sample of unpublished material (one not edited by someone else), transcripts (undergraduate and law school), and three letters of recommendation (only one from a law school professor).  Interviews will be conducted in early August.  Out-of-state applicants must be available in Denver (at their own expense) for a face-to-face interview.  Judge Fox may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by the judge.

Judge Stephanie Dunn: 720-625-5235

Judge Dunn has hired law clerks through the 2020-2021 term.  Future applications should be submitted by mail and should include a cover letter, resume, official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank, a short writing sample (preferably unedited by someone else), and not more than three letters of recommendation (with at least one from someone other than a law school professor).  Judge Dunn may ask applicants to prepare an original writing sample based on a fact pattern supplied by the judge.

Judge Anthony Navarro: 720-625-5250

Judge Navarro hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms.  He generally reviews applications beginning in July, conducts interviews in August, and hires a clerk before Labor Day to start the following August or September.  Applications should be submitted on paper, and should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank; (4) a writing sample of up to fifteen double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a practicing attorney or judge for whom the applicant has been employed or interned.  Judge Navarro will interview the finalists.  He may also ask finalists to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by him. Judge Navarro has hired for the 2019-2021 and 2020-2022 terms.

Judge Michael H. Berger: 720-625-5230

Judge Berger hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms.  He generally reviews applications beginning in June, conducts interviews in July and August, and hires a clerk before Labor Day to start the following August or September. The application should include (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) a writing sample of up to ten double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a practicing attorney or judge who has supervised the applicant in a work environment. Judge Berger has hired for the 2018-2020 and 2019-2021 terms.

Judge Elizabeth Harris:  720-625-5330

Judge Harris is currently accepting clerkship applications for a term beginning in the fall of 2021.  Applications may be submitted by mail or e-mail.  Please e-mail applications to matthew.simonsen@judicial.state.co.us and rachel.calvert@judicial.state.co.us.  Applications must include: a cover letter, a resume, a law school transcript, an unedited writing sample (preferably not a law review article), and two recommendation letters.

Judge Rebecca R. Freyre: 720-625-5225

Judge Freyre has two law clerks who serve staggered, two-year terms. Applications should be submitted by mail and include a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript showing class rank through the Spring  semester, writing sample (preferably one not edited by someone else), and up to three letters of reference. Judge Freyre has hired for the 2020-2022 term.  Judge Freyre will begin accepting applications for the 2021-2023 term on May 1, 2020.

Judge Craig R. Welling: 720-625-5210 

Judge Welling is currently accepting applications.

Judge Ted C Tow III:  720-625-5205

Judge Tow has hired for the 2020-2022 term.  Applications for the 2021-2023 term should be submitted by mail, and should include a cover letter, resume, official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank, a writing sample (must be the applicant’s own work, not edited by others, and should not be a law review article or case note), and three letters of recommendation.  Judge Tow will conduct face-to-face interviews with finalists.  He may also ask finalists to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by him. 

Judge Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov 720-625-5220

Judge Lipinsky hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms.  Applications should include a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample of unpublished material of up to ten double-spaced pages (which may be part of a larger document) that is the sole work of the applicant, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (only one from a law school professor).  Judge Lipinsky may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern that he will supply.  Judge Lipinsky is not currently taking applications for judicial clerks, but, in the spring of 2020, will accept applications for the 2021-23 term.

Judge Matthew D. Grove:  720-625-5305

Judge Grove is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Neeti Pawar 720-625-5126

Judge Jacyln Brown 720-625-5300

Judge Brown is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

The Colorado Judicial Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Concerns or
questions regarding Equal Employment Opportunities in the Colorado Judicial
Department should be sent to:

Steven Vasconcellos
State Court Administrator
1300 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80203

 

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